Virtually Furnish Your Place Before Buying Anything

As if furniture shopping weren't torturous enough, there's always the chance that sofa, table, or giant set of shelves you settled on in the showroom turns out looking like total crap in your living room. Wouldn't it be nice to see a preview of exactly what it would all look like before maxing out your credit card and schlepping it home? Yes, yes it would. With the ingenious new Furnish app you can do just that from the comfort of your smartphone.

Rather than take a guess if that green Crate & Barrel armchair will really tie the room together (besides this, of course), the app allows you to snap a photo of the area in question and virtually drop in a to-scale illustrated version of the furniture you're considering. If you like what you see, you can click to buy it direct from the vendor without stepping foot in the store. Hallelujah.

For now, it's stocked with a slew of unpronounceable furniture options from IKEA and other national retailers—Target, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Knoll, and Herman Miller. They'll be adding stock from new vendors every month. Ain't technology grand?

Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. He once had a panic attack in an IKEA. It wasn't great.